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veuzi wrote

Telemarketing. Should be self-explanatory.

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ArmyOfOne wrote (edited )

Hey I was in the customer service department next to you. It was equally awful, but in a slightly different way. Instead of demoralizing yourself to demoralize people by trying to sell them fake crap, you were getting demoralized by people who got demoralized by fake crap sold to them. Sometimes demoralizing them back my selling them more crap. But this just in: those really responsible were the same business people we knew sitting in the posh offices.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

I don't think I ever saw the customer service guys as we had two boiler rooms for two different product categories in the same office. I bet it was at an entirely different office if at all. Most of the regretting customers would just return it via mail and sometimes get a refund. Our bosses would keep statistics on percentages of sales that were returned. They wouldn't dock our pay or anything like that, but the return % would be taken into account in annual employee reviews which I guess would dictate whether you got a promotion or not. I didn't stick around long enough to find out anyway.

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stagn wrote

I can think of two (out of 4 lol) from a long time ago.
Handing out flyers in mailboxes: lots of wasted paper to entice people to buy crappy toys. Low pay and long hours but at least I enjoyed walking and looking at the city street by street.

Dishwasher in an important hotel restaurant. At first, having never done it, I thought it was just cleaning, but most of the work consisted of throwing a lot of food (still clean in the pans) including meat and exploitation products. Rooms were filled with food that was still good.
It was only three days but was horrible I feel so guilty for doing it
Fuck work!!!

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asterism OP wrote

Yeah its a bit harrowing to think of the amount of food that is just waste.

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Syzygy wrote

Loading trucks. It was graveyard shift and I barely saw the sun. That alone sucked, but for whatever reason, everyone got to work in teams except me. All of the shit the teams were supposed to load was set-up near the trailers by dayshift, but I had to haul over everything I was supposed to load with a pallet jack across literally the whole warehouse to the trailers I had to load. Yet management still expected me to do all the work of a team in one night. It was annoying to have these impossible expectations and they were constantly on top of me to load that much shit. They would literally stand in their offices watching and timing me. Of course, I used the pallet jack trips to eat up as much time as possible so it wasn't that bad just walking back and forth for most of the night. The pay was shit too. Fortunately, and despite their micromanaging, the place was a disorganized shitshow where no one actually knew what was going on. So I started purposefully loading trucks with the wrong shipments. Ended up costing them a lot of time and money when they started realizing how fucked everything was and then I quit. It was the first job I ever had and I was broke and timid enough to deal with the shit for about half a year. I wouldn't say I'm thankful for the job, but I'm glad it was a shitty enough experience that it kinda forced me to learn to not care what other's expectations are of me and begin to take an active part in my own life, cause I ain't ever going to deal with or be treated like that again.

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asterism OP wrote

Yeah that timing shit is demoralizing, I have had to deal with that shit before.

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__0 wrote

I worked in a bougie soap factory for three days before walking out mid shift, for whatever reason i was being micromanaged by everyone who walked by being told completely contradictory things for all three days, there was so much mismanagement i just couldn’t work there, they hired probably 20 people at the same time and didn’t spend a minute to train anyone at their stations, there was a huge amount of loss due to quality control from these few days of work because literally no one was told how to do the work properly. Ive had lots of jobs that have sucked and been very dangerous such, but the soap factory set off red flags so i just left mid shift.

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asterism OP wrote

ugh, micromanaging plus bad communication is like the worst combination ever.

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__0 wrote

Being told to do something insignificant on one side of a warehouse then something else on another side, then asked why i’m not in my station, then told to go to another side of the factory, then told i must not be very good at this job because I didn’t meet some quota I wasn’t told about, being told to mop up an area and having someone pushing dust right behind where I'm moping, getting all the supplies for mixing ingredients and filling the soap molds, and having another employee walk up to me and take all my stuff away from me and start using it, and needing to walk across the factory again to get bowls and stuff again. It was a bizarre and maddening experience.

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tuesday wrote (edited )

call center for obamacare bc we had access to private information we weren't allowed to have anything at our desks that we could use to record information. no devices. not even paper. sometimes on shift there would be 20-30 minutes between calls and we could not do anything with that time. no internet access. nothing on the computer except the insurance portal. I'm not super social and didn't have anything on common with the people sitting near me so i had to just sit there.

it was a horror show for my mental health bc i do not do well with having nothing to do. it was good pay, good benefits, if you could deal with the downtime and i could not.

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asterism OP wrote

God that sounds like my nightmare.

Yeah a call center was my worst job too. Like honestly in the top three worst times of my life.

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ChaosAnarchy wrote (edited )

I haven't had lots of "jobs" but my internship at a supermarket was hell. First of all, there were products all over the place and a new shipment came and I was tasked to put these and fill them in ... only that those spots were all full already, so I pushed them in every product possible... maybe I was just stupid (because at that point I wasn't in a supermarket for 5+ years as my parents buy stuff) or maybe the person in task of me advised me wrong. I was also asked where things were from one customer where I answered that I couldn't answer as I was new.

Then they put me into... idk... all things except cashier, they even tasked me to clean those coolers shafts you find in front of the products... After I finished one off I think, I was super tired and didn't wanted to do the other ones... and apparently I couldn't really clean the one I did properly either... so they kicked me from my internship in "mutual agreement"

Honestly that's the only job I see "do-able" which requires no knowledge/education where I live so I've been unemployed for years. All the other jobs require some kind of certification (and to me at least a month long training at the very least.)

And the job centres seriously dares to ask why I'm unemployed. I mean right now it isn't too bad, but, you know, if I can't even earn money on the side a bit, then it's really not enjoyable to be unemployed.

I thought about getting an apprenticeship at practical internships like woodcrafting or other things, but you get very right-wing bosses which mistreat you and the working hours are out of question to me and a lot of other things like I'm afraid of work injury especially if I'm sleep deprived due to the shit working hours. Oh and the pay is shit. Oh and did I say working hours? I would try an internship if it would be like 20 hours to 30 hours a week.

So yeah, I'm unemployed. Kind of because I'm forced to and kind I have no other choice. Haha.

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Bird wrote

Not as bad as many have had (and I've probably had objectively worse but don't think about them as often), but my most memorably unpleasant job was that through a strange set of circumstances I was a preschool teacher for a while. I deeply dislike human children.

Squawk

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asterism OP wrote

Yeah that can be tough on people who actually like children.

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NOISEBOB wrote

i spent a summer doing black work alongside a carpenter, could have been fun and a learning experience, but all we did was drink beer, smoke joints and snort cocaine. i didn't really earn any money as i used it all on drugs. never again.

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asterism OP wrote

I said worst not best /j

Yeah blowing (heh) all your money at work certainly seems counter intuitive.

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roanoke9 wrote

So many options to choose from- I' ll pick one at random- ages ago, a telemarketing place. Cash bonuses paid daily, phones attached to walls and a paper script. One of those places that sold magazine subscriptions but our scammy part was pretending we were the company who already handled their existing subscriptions when we were a middleman trying to take them over and sell them back to customers at a profit. They were so horrible we were told "if they are over 70, get off the phone, statistically they' ll die before making us enough money to waste our time."Lasted only 3 months, the high point being my fuck you last day call in: "I can't come in, my ears are frost bitten." This was past the season where this was possible. I didn't give notice, just never came back. Ceo died in a mysterious small plane accident and company folded soon after (just karma, nothing I did).

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